North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 659)
Jeff Hawkins, Partner with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, joined host John Ray on this episode of North Fulton Business Radio to discuss the current state of the M&A environment. Jeff discussed how and why buyer diligence is getting tighter, the impact of higher interest rates on risk premiums, what sellers need to do in reaction, how a quality of earnings report can bring a buyer and seller closer to a realized transaction, and much more.
CRI was formed in 1997 as a merger between two prominent firms that recognized the changes that the accounting industry was undergoing and decided to classify these changes as opportunities instead of hurdles.
Two years after this strategic alliance was formed, CRI cracked into the Top 100 Accounting Firms in the United States, thus cementing its legacy as a major player in the accounting industry.
Today, after 25 years of consistent growth since our formation, they have expanded to support the expansive relationship between technology, data, and accounting by incorporating data scientists and IT professionals into their scope of work. This has allowed CRI to grow into a Top 25 CPA firm, nationally, with no plans of slowing anytime soon.
Jeff Hawkins is a Partner at Carr, Riggs & Ingram. He provides attest services for middle to lower-middle market, privately held companies. He also leads the Transaction Advisory Services team (TAS) in CRI’s Atlanta office for quality of earnings, target working capital, and other due diligence projects. He works closely with dealerships and provides consumer and business services.
Jeff’s clients enjoy working with him because of his experience working with businesses in varying industries and his willingness to stay involved in every engagement.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- Predictions from a previous show in 2022
- Today’s market
- Interest rates impacting deals
- Deal diligence
- Seller preparedness
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